NYC-style Jewish deli set for Five Points

A group of local investors announced Thursday it will open New York-style Shep’s Deli by month’s end in the former Marché Artisan Foods space in East Nashville’s Five Points.  

Restaurateurs Howard Greenstone, Ken Levitan and Pennington Pribbenow will own the Jewish delicatessen, which will offer housemade pastrami, corned beef, chopped liver and traditional egg creams. Greenstone and Pribbenow worked together at Red Pebbles Hospitality, which owns Adele’s, 404 Kitchen, Bajo Sexto and Emmy Squared. The owners are not disclosing the cost to get operational.

Shep’s will operate at 1000 Main St. Marché founder Margot McCormack decided not to reopen the restaurant after the 2020 tornado and the ongoing pandemic.

Shep’s is named for Greenstone’s grandfather Israel “Shep” Shapiro, one of 13 children whose parents immigrated from Eastern Europe and settled in Bayonne, New Jersey.  He graduated from New York University with a law degree in 1927 and later moved to Teaneck, N.J., eventually opening Shepard’s Baking Company. Howard Greenstone, who years ago frequented Katz’s Deli, Kossar’s Deli and The Pickle Guys on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, moved to Nashville in 2019.

The release notes Jonathan Londer will oversee the Shep’s kitchen. Londer has worked at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California, and in the BBQ restaurant scene in Kansas City.

Shep’s will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature an all-day breakfast menu with the “Bodega” (bacon, egg and cheese on a roll), the “Dope Pastrami” (pastrami and cheesy eggs on a roll), bagels, Bloody Marys, pancakes, French toast and omelettes.

The lunch and dinner menus will feature “Grandma Jean’s Matzo Ball Soup,” Loaded Reuben Fries, hot and cold sandwiches, salads and entrees. As a tribute to Nashville, pimento cheese, schmear on a biscuit or eggs, grits and smoked salmon will be offered.

Shep’s will also feature a full bar, including The Presbyterian, made with bourbon, club soda and ginger ale.

“We are so excited to transform [the space] into Shep’s Deli,” Greenstone said in the release. “I have made it my mission to bring this food to Nashville, and many of these recipes came directly from my Grandma Jean and Grandpa Shep’s cookbook that I was so lucky to inherit.  We can’t wait to share these dishes with the community.”

Read more here at Post sister publication Nashville Scene.

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